6 – Natural alternative: South Korean researchers discover plant extract that works as well as minoxidil
In July, the Nakdonggang National Institute of Biological Resources (NNIBR) and Jeju National University conducted a joint study confirming that Viola verecunda extract is as effective at protecting against hair loss as conventional treatments such as minoxidil.
NNIBR is a research institute established under South Korea’s the Ministry of Environment and specialises in research of freshwater organisms.
The centre collaborated with Jeju National University (JNU) to study the Viola verecunda plant, which is found locally in the Gyeonggi, Gangwon, and Jeju provinces.
According to NNIBR, Viola verecunda is a species of violet that grows in the wet, mountainous areas of Northeast Asia.
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